We are now looking to recruit volunteers for our new Family Support Project. We are looking for friendly, reliable people who can provide low level practical support to families who have a child living with the effects of a brain injury. This may include practical tasks such as light housework or small amounts of shopping. You will not be expected to provide personal care.
We are also looking for Volunteer Befrienders to offer emotional support through times of change to these families.
Like working outdoors? Then this may be the volunteer role you are looking for – Volunteer Gardner to carry out tasks such as general garden tidying and cutting of grass for families who are struggling to carry out domestic chores due to their caring role for a child living with a brain injury.
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"New parenting support intervention showed how parenting style is related to executive dysfunction in children and young people post brain injury. With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"